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Top 50 running backs in Week 3 standard fantasy leagues

There are some surprises and some mysteries among the top running backs in standard leagues heading into Week 3.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler celebrates with defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins after scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We are two weeks through the fantasy football season and Austin Ekeler is a top three running back. These are strange times. While there are some crazy things going down among rushers in the NFL there are still a few guys you can depend on week to week. It wouldn’t be fantasy if we didn’t have our share of mysteries like is Carlos Hyde an every week starter and can the San Francisco support two fantasy running backs consistently?

The injury bug was fairly quiet in Week 2. Josh Jacobs came up with a groin issue, but it doesn’t appear it will keep him out. You’ll have to watch the practice reports for both LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams throughout the week. If neither can play then that would be a huge opportunity for the highly touted rookie Darwin Thompson.

In Week 3, we will look for the elite runners to keep pushing the pace as Ezekiel Elliot has a terrific matchup against the Miami Dolphins and Dalvin Cook faces Oakland at home. Even early surprise, Mark Ingram, is in a good position to deliver when the Baltimore Ravens travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs.

Running back (standard) rankings, Week 3

Rk Player Team Opp
Rk Player Team Opp
1 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. MIA
2 Saquon Barkley NYG @ TB
3 Christian McCaffrey CAR @ ARI
4 Dalvin Cook MIN vs. OAK
5 David Johnson ARI vs. CAR
6 Alvin Kamara NO @ SEA
7 Todd Gurley II LAR @ CLE
8 Le'Veon Bell NYJ @ NE
9 Mark Ingram BAL @ KC
10 Nick Chubb CLE vs. LAR
11 Aaron Jones GB vs. DEN
12 Marlon Mack IND vs. ATL
13 Leonard Fournette JAC vs. TEN
14 Austin Ekeler LAC vs. HOU
15 Matt Breida SF vs. PIT
16 Derrick Henry TEN @ JAC
17 Carlos Hyde HOU @ LAC
18 Joe Mixon CIN @ BUF
19 David Montgomery CHI @ WAS
20 Josh Jacobs OAK @ MIN
21 LeSean McCoy KC vs. BAL
22 Sony Michel NE vs. NYJ
23 Kerryon Johnson DET @ PHI
24 James Conner PIT @ SF
25 Chris Carson SEA vs. NO
26 Phillip Lindsay DEN @ GB
27 Devonta Freeman ATL @ IND
28 Jame White NE vs. NYJ
29 Miles Sanders PHI vs. DET
30 Tarik Cohen CHI @ WAS
31 Damien Williams KC vs. BAL
32 Royce Freeman DEN @ GB
33 Malcolm Brown LAR @ CLE
34 Rashaad Penny SEA vs. NO
35 Adrian Peterson WAS vs. CHI
36 Chris Thompson WAS vs. CHI
37 Peyton Barber TB vs. NYG
38 Frank Gore BUF vs. CIN
39 Ito Smith ATL @ IND
40 Raheem Mostert SF vs. PIT
41 Jaylen Samuels PIT @ SF
42 Jamaal Williams GB vs. DEN
43 Duke Johnson Jr. HOU @ LAC
44 Latavius Murray NO @ SEA
45 Devin Singletary BUF vs. CIN
46 Kenyan Drake MIA @ DAL
47 Nyheim Hines IND vs. ATL
48 C.J. Anderson DET @ PHI
49 Giovani Bernard CIN @BUF
50 Jordan Howard PHI vs. DET